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Quotes of the week: As in real life, there are a few cucumbers

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Sebastian Vettel looks glum at the Malaysian GP

"When United play at home they get some advantages that other teams don't get." Manchester City's football development executive Patrick Vieira speaks to the BBC's Dan Roan at the Soccerex Forum in Manchester.

"I am very angry with Dan Roan. I feel he has misrepresented me. I made it clear in the interview twice that I wanted to avoid criticising United and even stated that I didn't watch the United game against Fulham and had not seen the incident to which the reporter referred. That part of the interview was ignored and my comments were taken completely

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Patrick Vieira chats to BBC Sport's Dan Roan at the Soccerex European Forum

out of context. I called the reporter twice to ask for a retraction and an apology which has not come. I feel Dan Roan and the BBC have shown a complete lack of respect for me, the 'Football Against Hunger' charity and Manchester City Football Club." — Vieira's response to the published comments which saw City ban Roan.

"When I came on the pitch before the game, I had to walk over to the area where the incident occurred, just for my own benefit. There was a tingly feeling down my spine." — Nigel Reo-Coker on the strange sensation of returning to White Hart Lane so soon after Fabrice Muamba collapsed.

"They don't have the outstanding individual talent that other teams in the Champions League have but in terms of organisation and character they are fantastic. They created many difficulties and I think we won the game because we played well. What they did was fantastic, and we had to play at optimum strength to win, they were fantastic on defence and they deserve our respect." — Jose Mourinho proves he can at least be magnanimous in victory after his side's 3-0 win over APOEL.

"Did he (Cha) prevent a goalscoring opportunity? Probably. Is it a soft sending-off? Probably. Did Wanyama go in with a two-footed tackle? Probably. Did he set out to harm the player? Definitely not, in my opinion. With Bocanegra, is he last man preventing a goal-scoring opportunity? Again, probably." — Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits that some decisions went his side's way in Sunday's Old Firm derby.

"The perception of some people is deluded as the facts about my teams clearly speak for themselves. It is a tag that has followed me around for a long time and one I'm never going to be able to shift. I can't do anything about that but I can win football matches." — West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reacts to negative chants about his team's perceived direct style of play after the Hammers won 2-0 at Peterborough.

"The best I ever played with was Andy Moeller. He was world class - lightning quick and, unlike some players whose brain didn't coincide with their feet, he had both." — Norwich manager Paul Lambert tells us who was the best player he ever played with referring to his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate and Germany playmaker.

"This is more than a game of football now. The next eight games govern our futures. We're as desperate for the points as they are - for totally different reasons obviously. But there are livelihoods on the line here. People's careers are on the line. I'm not sure that's the case at Arsenal to be honest." - Joey Barton describes how big his team's run-in is starting with the clash against Arsenal.

"He's annoying me. I know he's my father, but he's annoying me. I want him to leave, but how is that possible?" - Tennis star Bernard Tomic caused a sensation by asking an umpire to throw his dad out of one of his matches at the Miami Masters

"He was off the track. In my view, it was over. As in real life, there are a few cucumbers on the road. It's extremely frustrating, because in a chaotic race where I lost the radio right at the beginning, a fourth place would have been satisfactory." - Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel was decidedly unhappy after colliding with Narain Karthikeyan at Malaysian GP.

"For a world champion to say things like that is really shameful. It is really unprofessional. For a driver who has achieved so much to take out his frustrations on me just because he is having a difficult year is really sad. One does not expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry baby." - Karthikeyan gets his response in.

"As badly as many of England's batsmen performed, Trott showed what can be achieved with real application , resolve and a solid technique as he racked up 50 singles in reaching

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England's Jonathan Trott celebrates his century against Sri Lanka

his century, manoeuvring the ball around the outfield with precision." — Our very own Cow Corner says the rest of the English team needs to learn from their number three batsman.

"It's a natural fight, it doesn't matter what anyone says. It's a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. There's lot for them to fight about, in a proper environment. I do see the fight happening. It's the proper forum for them to settle their differences." - Frank Warren claims a grudge bout between Dereck Chisora and David Haye is 'inevitable' after Chisora began his appeal against the withdrawal of his boxing licence.

"It was just pure joy. It felt good. This is our progression and we are heading in the right direction. I've gotten better and that's the main thing. If you look at my results ... I've been close for a number of tournaments now. It was just a matter of staying the course and staying patient, keep working on fine tuning what we are doing and, well, here we are." — Tiger Woods on winning his first US PGA title in over two years.

"I am immensely honoured and proud to accept this role. We have a massive task ahead of us in South Africa this summer and we have 37 games before that first World Cup match on home soil, so every second counts in developing players who can win that tournament - which has to be the ultimate aim." - Stuart Lancaster already has the managerial chat down to a T after being named England's permanent head coach.

"Sometimes with great rivalries, you can't have a great friendship because there is so much riding on the line for those involved that it's an uncomfortable situation to try to switch off and open yourself up to that person when you do need to beat them on the track." - Australian cyclist Anna Meares offers little hope of a thaw in relations with Briton Victoria Pendleton ahead of the London Olympics.

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